Post Pregnancy Hair Loss is very common and can be very upsetting. It can be just part of the cycle of Hair growth, but it is still a good idea to make sure of your nutrient levels so as to prevent un-necessary damage to your hair.
1. Many women suffer post partum hair loss which can have a nutritional basis. Increase your intake of foods rich in zinc, folic acid and B vitamins while you're pregnant, as it is theorized that pregnancy causes a slight deficiency in these nutrients. According to Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy, consuming dark green vegetables, extra-lean meats, whole grains and cooked dried peas and beans are good sources of these essential nutrients.
After checking your diet, you might take a multivitamin supplement daily, for example Solgar’s Prenatal Nutrients. I would also always suggest an Omega 3 Supplement - not specifically connected to your hair health but more in relation to general pregnancy health.
2. Another supplement worth considering is Biotin. Biotin is a necessary B-vitamin that plays a large role in healthy hair growth and is often lost during pregnancy, according to the Bastyr Center*. Biotin deficiency affects approximately 50 percent of pregnant women (it can cause certian birth defects if left untreated which is a good reason for taking a multi vitamin with plenty of Bs!) Biotin deficiency has also been shown to cause rapid hair loss un-associated with pregnancy so with any case of rapid hair loss it is worth trying. Take 3 mg of a biotin supplement each day or a strong B Complex.
3. When finished nursing A.Vogel Hair Complex can be very beneficial to take for a couple of months to nourish the hair and return it to health. Hair Complex contains natural sources of B Vitamins, Silicea, Zinc, and many more trace elements that are excellent for our hair.
4. Silicea from Hubner is also very helpful for people with weak hair or nails. Take a course of one capsule per day for 2-3 months.
5. Solgar Skin, Nails & Hair is a comprehensive formula specifically designed to help build collagen and keratin, major building blocks of hair, skin, and nails that can decrease with aging. Delivering nutrients like MSM internally may help support strong hair, hard nails, and moist, supple skin.
Most hair supplements need 2-3 months to work so don’t give up! Avoid tight hair bands and over brushing. Use natural hair products to nourish your hair and scalp – Jason do a Thin to Thick range of products that can be helpful, and in Organico we also recommend the Dead Sea Majik range for extra minerals.
I hope you found this article useful. Contact us if you have further questions! Hannah Dare.
* A Leading Centre for Natural Health in Seattle Washington, US.